As the sun sets, three African oryx attempt to relax. One knits, one adjusts the tv reception using its antlers as an aerial while the third gives reception feedback via gestures.

Upon encountering some oryx images on the Internet, I was admiring their long straight antlers and began imagining how the animals might make use of their antlers were they to assume human activities.

There are three ideas depicted above, but I will give a further explanation below:

  1. TV reception improvement
    Oryx antlers could possibly be hooked up to a television to improve the available signal. These could be an alternative to ‘rabbit ears’. While I know this wouldn’t work in reality because oryx antlers aren’t metal, it’s nice to pretend. They have the classic V shape and the oryx could tilt its head or change direction to vary image quality.
  2. Wool dispenser for knitting
    At first I was was thinking the wool could be ravelled horizontally around both antlers (as per a person holding their arms / hands out to distribute wool for someone knitting) and drew it as such, but then realised there would be no way for the wool to be released unless the antlers were horizontal. The oryx would need to be almost looking at its underside for this. Instead, a ball of wool could just be skewered by an antler and spin around to release the wool. See diagram above for example. Yes, a yarn of wool on the ground would dispense a strand of wool ok, but it would roll around uncontrollably.
  3. Quoits
    If you could get close enough to an oryx, you could throw quoits in an attempt to have it catch on the tip of an antler and then fall to the base. It shouldn’t be too difficult. The chances of a successful throw are doubled because there are two antlers. Of course difficulty levels would increase with oryx agitation.

I’m sure there are many more uses. These are just three ideas I had off the top of my head after seeing how long, straight and pointy the antlers of these wonderful animals are.

For more information on the oryx, see the Wikipedia page.

I enjoyed playing around with the lighting in this drawing, adding highlights around some of the edges and darkening interior areas.

I’ve just noticed that there are some black markings missing from the front legs of the standing oryx. I will need to fix this.